The Orangery

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The Orangery at Blenheim Palace is a brasserie-style restaurant in a historic location. Enjoy flavoursome lunches and quintessential afternoon teas, amidst elegant décor and stunning views across the grounds.

At lunch, The Orangery menu offers a range of rich British dishes.

Afternoon Tea at The Orangery in Oxfordshire is an elegant affair befitting of its location. Savour traditional sandwiches, handmade cakes and a wide range of loose leaf teas, with a choice of champagnes on hand for extra indulgence.

New - Complimentary access to the Blenheim Estate* upon presentation of a valid reservation for that day at The Orangery. Access to the Palace and formal gardens is not included in this offer.

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What 371 People Are Saying
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Bdaygal
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Lovely atmosphere and ambience, a little on the pricey side

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Jade
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

I was given a gift voucher to use and was given completely different service to the table next to me who were paying customers. I brought the same voucher for my parents and wish I hadn’t now if that’s the way your treated.
It made me feel uncomfortable and won’t be returning or buying a gift voucher for any of my friends family.

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JanisA
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Our lunch was a Christmas present from our daughter, which we have every year!! We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. The restaurant looked beautifully decorated, my husband really appreciated the music and the food was delicious. The only criticism being that I had a job finding the aubergine fritters in my starter!! The staff are very approachable and helpful and we commend Oliver our waiter who was able to tell us exactly what was on our plate, perhaps I should have asked him to identify the aubergine!! The size of the portions was exactly right and my daughter was very impressed with the photos we sent her of all our courses.

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ThomasL
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our sever, Chiara, was superb with her recommendations and service. She was professional and cheerful. The courses were well presented and tasty. The atmosphere could not be more pleasant.

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JudyE
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable birthday lunch with friend. Service was excellent, very friendly and informative. Beautiful setting.

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Seaside
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great how they sat us so far apart from other diners so no worries about coronavirus .

The food was exceptionally good, with flavours perfectly balanced in the two dishes my husband and I had as our main course.

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trevorw
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not our first experience of the Orangery, but it was our best yet. It was very quiet, we had excellent service and the afternoon tea was of a very high standard. We would definitely return.

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AmyS
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was probably some of the beat we have ever eaten really enjoyed our visit

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SANDRA
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely champagne cream tea good choice of teas available, staff were attentive food was delicious,

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GhisC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were all excellent, only one hitch when our pear belle Helene came without ice cream! We were offered ice cream when this was mentioned but we’d already finished so we turned it down!
One of the best lunches all round !

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Edenmk
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really nice place for a family member’s 80th birthday celebration. It is quite loud as it is essentially a conservatory, but it’s beautiful and loved the 1920s theme. Great service from a lovely waitress, food was great and re-filled our pots of tea which was a nice accompaniment to our afternoon tea stack.

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JonathanM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable indeed, like *really* enjoyable! Our waitress, Chiara, was an absolute gem and made the whole experience truly special. TYSM! Highly recommended and I will be back :)

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JaneT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience5

We ordered the Lets Misbehave afternoon teas’s. One was cream free and one normal. She was served a truly terrible gluten free tea even though she was isnt gluten intolerant. My tea was also not great. We were offered lunch and ordered hake it was supposed to come with buttered new potatoes when I inquired where they were I was advised that we had both been served the dairy free even though I have no allergies!!! We were told our details would be obtained so that management could contact us but nobody bothered even doing that! Very very disappointing

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SarahM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Charming environment and very helpful staff. A very pleasant afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings.

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LouiseB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff were lovely. It was our '1st' Wedding Anniversary as we were married on the 29th February so really it was our 4th! But they brought us a complimentary glass of fizz! The two members of staff that served us were friendly and chatty and made us feel very welcome. My only disappointment was that my husband had bread and butter pudding which looked amazing and I had rhubarb crumble which was disappointing! Overall though a lovely experience!

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JulianC
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Afternoon tea was again a great pleasure. Highly recommended

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SueJ
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A beautiful setting, very friendly staff to whom nothing as too much trouble. The food was excellent although the rhubarb crumble was very disappointing especially as it is my husband’s favourite. I think ‘crumble’ was a extreme stretch to our imagination as it was almost absent from the plate. However, what was served was tasty and well presented.
We will almost certainly be coming back as it’s a very special place.

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LisaD
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the champagne afternoon tea, and it was delicious, our waiter was amazing, very friendly and helpful, as were all the staff we spoke to, would 100% recommend, and cant wait to go back again!!

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CVB721
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A delightful venue to have lunch when visiting the Palace. Interesting menu beautifully presented and very tasty. Afternoon tea looks great too!

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LisaH
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The Blenheim high tea has sadly gone downhill in the past year. Higher price, smaller portions, and no longer a slice of cake from the cake trolley . It has gone from an outstanding tea to just an okay tea, which, for the price, left us disappointed. We probably will not return.

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JonathanS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, beautiful restaurant, will come again

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JulianC
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambience to enjoy afternoon tea. Great selection of savoury and sweet delicatessen. Very attentive staff. Will return!

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Freddie
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience1

A high end afternoon tea served by untrained teenagers. Not what one would expect! Big disappointment. Only thing that saved it was the food. Having said that. Very mean with the jam and clotted cream.

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vipcartoon
Berkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

great place to come and be spoilt, after a stroll around the grounds

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TamaraG
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The afternoon tea wasn’t as good as what we had at Xmas. There was not enough cream or jam for the scones but the staff happily brought more to us.

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PaulH
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Typical British opulence in beautiful surroundings, nice friendly staff, good food always a wonderful experience

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RosemaryK
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food wonderful service and generally a good experience

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LukeC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a traditional high tea at the Orangery and could not have been more impressed. Our server told us we were in for a treat, and he was right. Everything was delicious, and with friendly, attentive service. A special thank you to our server,Oliver. We will return on our next opportunity!

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JenniferH
1 review
Dined on 19 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Can recommend both the pork and the hake. The bread and butter pudding first class.

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Lesley
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious, feels like a real treat! Loved the hot savoury options, and the buttermilk scones and all the cakes were excellent.

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FrancisH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place to treat yourself with a well chosen variety of delicious snacks.

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VICTORIAB
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food and efficient, friendly service. Scones were amazing.

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EllenH
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were greeted with a warm welcome and the service was very friendly and professional. Sandwiches, scones and cakes were all excellent. We got at box for the cakes we were not able to eat + an extra piece of cake from the cake table. A very good practice since I expect the uneaten cakes would have been thrown away otherwise. However, the restaurant lacks a little bit of the more elegant details to achieve top score.

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Helswid
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

At first glance the orangery is an elegant venue, on closer inspection it was tatty and tired. Stains on most of the chair seat pads and no linen on the tables
Expectations were high with the cost of £34 per person for afternoon tea, although the sandwiches scones etc were freshly made it was box standard and with minimal trimmings.
We were not advised by the waiting-on staff that we could request more tea nor were we advised that our tea also included a slice of cake from the central display table.

I’m afraid we would not recommend this to friends or family.

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Ruth19
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab food friendly service and so helpful. Really impressed by all the different teas.

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KathyM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a present from lovely friends - the meal was better than our expectations - the staff were lovely, friendly and relaxed.
The food was amazing, beautifully presented and very tasty too.
Can’t fault it - 10/10

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NatalieV
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Booked with a best friend for lunch, really lovely. Food gorgeous, service good by Immy. Asked for table by the windows to overlook Italian Garden..... all good except there was a huge draft coming from the vents in the floor in front of us. Really cold air, but not bad enough to ask to be moved. Otherwise all really nice

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LucyM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, gorgeous setting and extremely friendly and helpful staff. Absolutely fabulous thank you so much!

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STEVENL
Hampshire
4 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Afternoon Tea at the Orangery was very pleasant, glad we booked a deal as otherwise very over priced, lots of empty tables an indication of an expensive treat! Service was good, food was tasty but not exceptional, not the wow factor we were expecting.

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vipAnon
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Set in the surroundings of the impressive Blenheim Palace it is maybe seems a little out of place - you would be wrong. What is surprising is the quality of the food and thoughtfulness poured into the menu. Celeriac Soup with Hazelnut and truffle oil - what a delight!
And to follow a cod loin on braised cabbage and spring onions. I dropped the carb ( potatoes ) and the plate was no worse for it. The cod sublime- the chef knows how to cook fish!
Worth a visit and the bonus of walking off the indulgence of lunch around such beautiful surroundings.
Ambience was a little noisy - even when not full but you do dine in an Orangery - we can forgive that!

FAQs

The Orangery is rated 4.1 stars by 371 OpenTable diners.

The Orangery does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://gifts.searcys.co.uk/locations/the-orangery-at-blenheim-palace/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.